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February 9, 2014

How much do I love .... my pet?

I recently received solicitation from a company wanting me to subscribe to a publication for professionals in my field. One article’s title caught my eye; it was supposed to discuss a subject we should be educating our clients about. In a broad overview. it discussed how I needed to be telling folks why they should not love their pets too much. After reading about a third of the article I have to confess I lost interest. No thank you, I will pass on that subscription.

I am sure we have all shaken our heads at times about a family member or friend, “They are nuts about their dog!” or “You do WHAT for your dog?” and so forth. While agreeing or disagreeing on how we choose to raise our four-legged family members.

How did we get here? In the 1950s or earlier, you would rarely hear the words “cat” and “veterinarian” in the same sentence. Cats had jobs on the farms and in the alleys, keeping the rodents under control. Dogs were slightly more important in their duties of protection, hunting and herding.

The view was much different then and has changed immensely today. We have urbanized and brought our animals with us, for better or worse. The retail world has followed suit and now just about anything the imagination can dream of for any pet is available. You can now take your critters to places no one would have thought of in years past.

Even more wonderfully, animal health care has progressed to levels equal to human care and as diverse with alternatives as we have for ourselves, too.

Many a fine study resides in cyber space about the phenomenon of caring for our pets like we do, but it really adds up to some very simple things. Pets have the ability to love unconditionally. I have even seen abused pets stay loyal to an abusive or negligent owner. To have someone in our lives these days who is steady and true like that is harder to find, but needed more now than ever. We live in a time where we are “on” all the time, Thank you … technology!

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